Today Datalliance announced that CaseStack, a consumer packaged goods (CPG) supply chain services company has added Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) services to the company's Retailer Consolidation program using the Datalliance VMI platform. Through their consolidation program, CaseStack works with suppliers of typically lower volume or niche market products to combine less than truckload (LTL) shipments into full truckloads (FTL) for delivery to major retailer distribution centers. The optional VMI service further streamlines the process for all parties by taking responsibility for replenishment planning and execution.
"With VMI, we are now initiating the orders for the retailer with a significant number of their suppliers. With visibility of the retailer's demand and inventory available to us through VMI, combined with visibility of the suppliers' inventory and production, we are in a much better position to be proactive with 'predictive' purchase orders generated by VMI, and to communicate more effectively with the retailer buyer and specific suppliers as needed," said Brad Ducker, CaseStack Senior Collaboration Manager for Kroger.
"Freeing the buyer up from the daily PO detail allows the buyer to be more of a strategic manager, focusing on service levels, promotions and growing the business with each supplier, while providing the scale to allow the retailer to bring on more small suppliers," continued Ducker. "Suppliers also benefit from the information provided by VMI. Having better access to forecasts, demand trends, and seasonal needs helps the supplier plan production and replenishment to maximize sales and eliminate stock outs. The VMI program gives the small and niche suppliers the visibility and consolidation capabilities to perform like a much larger supplier."